Jayhawk Debate Institute Staff

The Jayhawk Debate Institute year after year has one of the finest staff of debate coaches and instructors you will find anywhere in the country. Here is a list of some of the great staff members at the 2014 JDI!


Office Staff
Dr. Scott Harris is the Director of Debate at the University of Kansas. Dr. Harris is the also the Director of the JDI. He has coached numerous nationally competitive teams during his time at KU including the 2009 NDT Champion and several teams to late elimination rounds at the National Debate Tournament, the CEDA National Tournament, and other national and regional tournaments. Dr. Harris won the Northwestern Debate Society Excellence in Coaching Award and the Gene A. Budig Teaching Professorship in the Social and Behavioral Sciences for the 2010-2011 school year.

Natalie Pennington is one of the Associate Directors of the 2014 JDI, and has been an assistant debate coach at the University of Kansas since 2010. Natalie debated in high school for Springfield Central in Springfield, MO, and in college at Missouri State University. She spent two years as an assistant coaching for Kansas State University where the squad saw success both on the district and national level. She has previously worked at both the UMKC and Kansas State high school summer camps for debate.

Mike Kearney is one of the Associate Directors of the 2014 JDI and an assistant debate coach at the University of Kansas. Mike debated as an undergraduate at Missouri State University where he qualified to the NDT four times and received a first round at-large bid to the tournament in 2010. Mike has coached debaters to elimination rounds at the NDT, NFL nationals, and the TOC, and worked at more than a dozen debate camps.

Dorm Staff
Daniel Stout debated his high school career at Manhattan High School reaching out-rounds of tournaments like Washburn Rural, Lawrence, Wichita East, Hutchinson, and Winfield. Dan went on to debate at Kansas State University where he reached outrounds of the Cross Examination Debate Association National Championship, and was also a National Debate Tournament Qualifier. While in college he worked at camp and individually during the season with multiple two speaker and four speaker champions in Kansas. Daniel has also coached at McPherson High School. Since graduating college Dan went on to coach at Kansas State during graduate school, where they won multiple JV national championships, had NDT qualifiers and CEDA outround participants. Dan went on to be Assistant Director of Debate at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh where they ascended the national rankings with great velocity and now is very excited to be working back in the Kansas City area helping mold the next great debaters out of Kansas.

Three-week policy debate: June 21-July 12

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